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Laing, Alexander Gordon (1794-1826)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0117 MS 374
Held at: Royal Society
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Full title: Laing, Alexander Gordon (1794-1826)
Date(s): 19th century
Level of description: Sub-fonds
Extent: 2 boxes and 2 notebooks
Name of creator(s): Laing | Alexander Gordon | 1794-1826 | traveller
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1794; educated, Edinburgh University; commissioned in the Prince of Wales's Edinburgh volunteers, 1810; went to Barbados, 1811; appointed ensign in the York light infantry, a corps which served in the West Indies, 1813; promoted lieutenant, 1815; exchanged into the 2nd West India regiment in Jamaica; posted to Sierra Leone, 1820; captain to the Royal African Colonial Corps, 1822; two successive missions to Forecariah in the coastal country (later Guinea) north of Sierra Leone; transferred to the Gold Coast, 1823; official mission to seek the mouth of the Niger, 1824; died on the mission in 1826.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letters and papers of Alexander Gordon Laing chiefly relating to his last and fatal expedition to Timbuktoo.

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No publication without written permission. Apply to Archivist in the first instance.

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Archival Information

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Immediate source of acquisition:

His papers were sent, after his death, to Sir Edward Sabine, and came to the Society some time after Sir Edward's death.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Copied from the Royal Society catalogue by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Feb 2009.

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